Thursday, December 18, 2008

23 Weeks

Here we both are at 23 weeks...

Doctor said she looked beautiful and was going to be a basketball player. Everyone commented on how long her arms and legs are. And she gave us a great view of her fingers while we were trying to look at her heart, but she really wanted to show us that she has her Mommy's hands with long fingers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Clueless Students

I know that subject is not news to most of you and certainly not me, but they are.

We're watching a movie this week in class because much like them, my brain is dead and ready for a break. I was talking to them about the project that goes along with it an one of them goes... "Ms. Gardner I need to come and see you tomorrow for help." I told them I couldn't because I had a doctors appt. and they start to freak out that I'm sick. I say, "Guys when you have a baby you have to go to the doctor often." Then they proceed to tell me that I am NOT pregnant, forget nearly six months...

I certainly hope that I am indeed pregnant, otherwise that strange twitching inside my stomach and the raging heartburn is probably something REALLY wrong and I should be seeing the doctor anyway.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Why would anyone apply for a job teaching Theater Arts with no theater experience listed on their resume?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Week 22

I skipped a week because my camera died!

But, I managed to fix it! YAY ME!!

Please ignore the double chin and the junk behind me.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Why Today Might Suck

1. Mr.Flamingo has been gone all week and I'm REALLY over that.
2. I can't seem to get out of my house before 8 AM this week.
3. My cat pooped on the only winter coat that will fit me right now.
4. My mom is coming today, and while this in itself is AWESOME,

WAIT! STOP THE PRESSES! While I was writing my whiney post about all of the crap for today, my principal sends an Email stating that we can leave after our last conference today. I don't have any conferences, but I do have a rehearsal until 5, so I'll just leave after that.

Today will not suck so much after all.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

20 weeks... well, almost 21, but you know...

this is a bad picture, but Mr.Flamingo is gone and it's another self portrait with my new iPhone.

In iPhone news, I invented the iGlove this morning. I can't use my phone with my gloves on, so I cut the finger tips off. I'm going to have Mr.Flamingo patent it for me.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

That's what Little Girls are Made of!

Both Mr.Flamingo and and myself are THRILLED to be expecting a little girl this spring. The doctor says she looks BEAUTIFUL and healthy, if not a little big! I go back in another month just to get another look at her heart, but the she said not to expect anything unusual.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Who Died and Made You the Drama Teacher??

I posted the cast list for my 8th grade show (a really funny one-act) and this is a conversation between me and one of my students.

Names have been omitted to protect the stupid.

S: Mrs.Flamingo I wish to speak with you for a minute.
Me: Yes?
S: I don't think I deserve such a small part.
Me: [Student's Name] you were given 3 parts.
S: But they are all small.
Me: But they equal one of the larger roles.
Me: I don't have a play with 20 leads in it.
S: You should move me and make me a lead.
Me: I'm afraid that there were others who were better suited for the leads than you were.
S: You're going to have to speak to my mother.
Me: [Students Name] when I die and you are made drama teacher, then you can cast the show how you want. Go to class.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

I wish I was kidding

An 8th grader just asked me why we celebrate the 4th of July...

I fear for our country...

18 Weeks!

Here's the 18 week snap shot. I think I look HUGE because of the angle. I'm sure if I was really this big my students would have noticed something was up.

We go next week to find out if BF is a boy or a girl... Mr.Flamingo thinks girl... I think boy... I guess we'll know soon!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I just wanted to let the world know (and by world, the 2 people that might read this blog)... THAT MY REPORT CARDS ARE DONE!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Randomness Ensues!

Randomness ensues...

I have an inquiry that is very delicate. I have a long time friend that has been trying to get pregnant. They found out they couldn't conceive because of him and some treatment he received later in life. They did one round of IVF and just found out it didn't work. I've been talking to him through this entire process and he does not know that I am pregnant... When we find out what Rockstar is and all of that I want to make a HUGE announcement... but I feel like I should let this guy know first... how do I tell him?

Today is the first day of a new term in my classes... It's awesome because I'm only teaching 2 classes this term and I can't go upstairs for a while (pregnancy stuff) so I just teach two times a day and smile sweetly for the rest of the day. Since it is the first day of the new term I go over the syllabus and stuff and then I let them ask me questions... my 8th graders (some of whom have had me for a year and a half now) asked me if I wanted kids... if i was going to have kids... if it was going to be soon... I could have easily said that "yes, come April I will have a baby" but I kept it quite. I'd really wait for a little while longer for them to know. But, it's weird at the same time.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

6th Grade Plays

Last night I had the pleasure of standing backstage to cue 6th graders if they forgot their lines... And while this is fun and I enjoyed it (and they really pulled it off which was amazing) I had to tell you one of the things that happened...

I have two students in this one class who drive me insane on a daily basis... I had one of them playing a "guard" in the show... it was mostly to keep him stationed in one place throughout the whole show. During the middle of their show he opens the door to the backstage and asks me to go to the bathroom... In the middle of their show... I wanted to shake him...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Post NOT About the Election

Because I feel that politics is personal, but my pregnancy is not!

Mrs.Flamingo at 17 weeks!

Friday, October 24, 2008


So, those lights? Yeah, after all the hell, they don't freaking work.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

An Entry not about BF... Instead School Freak Out!


I've finally got some stage lighting... problems...

* they aren't wired right (wired only if you live in Canada).
* they don't have lamps in them
* half of them don't have specs so I don't know what kind of lamps to get
* I don't know if they are par cans or fresnells or what
* our electrician won't hang them
* I can't climb the ladder to hang them
* I don't know when I'm going to be able to get over to Barbizon to buy the lamps


In Response

To a demand over at my OTHER Blog!

No one can see my "Flamingo Bump" other than me and Mr.Flamingo... most just think I'm getting FAT!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

BF (Baby Flamingo) Update!

BF Update!

BF and I went for our monthly check up yesterday. I don't mind going because it assures me that my little Flamingo is still safe and secure even though I can't feel him (YET). Nothing too exciting yesterday, just a bloodpressure check, flu shot (which hurt like a mo-fo) and getting to hear the heartbeat... WHICH WAS THE COOLEST FREAKING THING EVER... I think I say that with every BF thing, but really, it was so cool to hear the heartbeat through my now fluffy belly.

One thing I found funny yesterday was the fact that my Dr. told me it was time to move into maternity pants. What she didn't know is I typically wear them everyday. I didn't wear them yesterday because I felt like it was too early. Most of my pregnant friends didn't have to wear them until they were well past 20 weeks and I'm only 15... I think part of it is the fact that BF is all to one side of my lower abdomen. He's hanging out on the left side... you know where my leg would be. Mr.Flamingo asked why he was over there and I said it was probably because he didn't have anything on the other side telling him to go to the center. Hopefully it won't get too uncomfortable.

I'll have a new picture to post on 11.20 because that's when we're going for the big ultrasound. We're doing something called a level 2 ultrasound to get a really good look at BF heart and lungs because of the chemo I had. I'm prayerful that everything will turn out great.
So, that's it for now. I still hate 8th graders...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

How I know I'm pregnant

For snack this afternoon I had broccoli with cheese and popcorn... for lunch it was a croissant, grapes, cheese and an apple. And what do I want right now? An apple pie...

I'm sure this is thrilling to those of you who are not me, but as I stood at my microwave this afternoon begging the machine to finish cooking my broccoli I realized that I was in deed quite pregnant.

Well, there was this sign and the fact that my jeans don't really fit anymore... but it could be my odd snacking.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What We've Learned

Lets see... Today I found out that watching a "Mock" trial in social studies class is quite painful... especially when you live with an attorney... or studied the law of the country... or just watched a lot of Law and Order. Oh, so painful.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Things we learn

What did we learn today in Middle School?

1. Mrs.Flamingo isn't kidding when she tells you to shut your trap.

2. Not to use our heads to open doors with glass panes (two different students did this today and broke windows... so not kidding).

3. There is this amazing organic vegetable soup that seems to appease BF (not really a middle school lesson, but learned while I was at middle school).

4. Some students are delusional ("Mrs.Flamingo, you're going to see me on TV someday!" Mrs.Flamingo tries not to laugh too hard over this statement, since said student was a pain in this royal ass).

5. Middle Schoolers have no idea what the phrase "You made a choice now live with your consequences" means.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Scary Stuff

So, things got a little scary around Casa Flamingo on Sunday. I spent most of the day off of my feet per doctors orders with the knowledge that if something was going wrong we couldn't do much. I woke up that morning with some spotting and bleeding. I have never felt such a panic in my life. I called the doctor and they told me to stay off of my feet and as long as there was no cramping to try not to worry... Yeah, right! It was a very tense day. That didn't mean I couldn't take two naps and make my sweet husband wait on my hand and foot. But, we went to the doctor this morning and our little Flamingo has doubled in size and his heartbeat was just fluttering away. The doctor also gave us a very nice statistic that I will cling to for the next, oh 31 weeks. Since we're past the 8 week mark with a strong heartbeat, the chances of anything going wrong are the lowest they will be this entire pregnancy... shew... I told Mr.Flamingo that our baby was just taking after his mother and wanted more pictures for his scrapbook.

In other news... I have the appetite of an adolescent boy... One day last week it was Taco Bell, then on Friday it was McDonalds, last night (which I finished off today) it was a corndog and tater tots...

That is all.. go back to your Mondays.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I promise I have not fallen off the face of the earth. Just been busy... and sleepy. I fell asleep on Wednesday night before the final Jeopardy question. I literally fell asleep during the commercials before they give you the answer. You should all be so impressed.

School has been busy this week. I guess I didn't get a lot accomplished last week since it was a 3.5 work week for me. I had progress reports to finish and back to school night last night. Those things just eat up time, you know? I love meeting the parents and hearing if the students enjoy the class, but getting home at 9 is not fun for me right now.

I had a pretty fantastic birthday with lots of wishes... CSAJ took me to Willy's (it's where I wanted to go) and then we went home. He bought me an awesome Coach purse for my birthday (I've been drooling over them for close to two years and we did get it on sale). I love it much.

Okay, back to the progress reports.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I'm old...

So, in the social studies class I help out in we've been discussing the olympics and how each time they come to a new city the city kicks out the poor to make the cool sports venues. We've been talking a lot about the 1996 Atlanta games (makes sense) and it BOGGLES my mind that these kids know little to nothing about what happened during that time in their own city. They were all babies at the time, so I get that they don't remember where they were when Keri Strugg stuck that vault landing on one foot. But, yesterday they didn't even recognize a picture of Izzy. Mind blowing.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Q: Why Has Mrs.Flamingo Been So Uptight?

A: Because she is pregnant!

This is Baby Flamingo! We are officially 7 weeks today and he is due in April. So far everything looks amazing and we are all incredibly excited!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Mrs. Flamingo is pathetically nervous. If you are so inclined just say prayers for peace of mind and heart.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Where have I been?

Back at school... that's where most of my time has been... I'm teaching full-time this year. Three theater arts classes and two inclusion (special ed) classes. It's busy to say the least. I'm doing the musical School House Rocks Live! this fall and I think it'll be fun. It does take a lot of my time though.

I read Breaking Dawn over the night that Atlanta lost power... it was a lot of fun to try to entertain Mr. Flamingo and keep the flashlight focused on my book. It was also slightly annoying.

I haven't done a lot of work on my own fiction because of school. I'm not allowed to start really working on it again until I get more of a handle on my projects for school.

I have big news though! It's really exciting! I'm just not sharing it until I hear one more thing on 8/26. Look to hear more then.